Tag Archives: Montgomery Alabama

Finding Martha’s Place

18 Apr

We all know that Martha Washington was our country’s original “First Lady.” But you should also know that Montgomery, Alabama’s Martha Hawkins is the South’s “First Lady of Soul Food.”  The only other lady who could possibly make lay claim to that title might be North Carolina’s Mildred “Mama Dip” Council. We’ve dined at both places and actually prefer the delicious downhome offerings at Martha’s.

Martha’s Place is located on Sayre Street in downtown Montgomery, where Hawkins has created something of a soul food empire. Over the last 20 some odd years, she has made a mighty name for herself among locals who have a deep appreciation for authentic home cooking. Each dish on Martha’s buffet line is created with great love and attention to detail. It all tastes fantastic — and it is truly good for your soul.

Martha also runs a thriving catering operation.

Pick up her book “Finding Martha’s Place” – a moving read!

Celebrities from all over the world have come home to Martha’s Place.

She is such a sweet lady — we enjoyed finally meeting her!

We enjoyed our lunch in this bright, cheerful setting.

We found an authentic Mose Tolliver folk art piece on the wall.  


My first trip thru the buffet line – fried bird, collards, butter beans, cornbread, and some amazing au gratin potatoes. Everything was simply fabulous. The chicken was crispy and flavorful on the outside while retaining its moisture on the inside. I only wish the plates (and my stomach) were bigger!

The perfect picture of pure plump poultry perfection.

The collards were just like Granny’s – the highest praise possible.

Words can’t describe the goodness of Martha’s pineapple bread pudding.

The restrooms are spotless & there is always a Bible within arm’s reach.

We found Martha’s to be a very special place. It is filled with love, nice people, and some of the best soul food you will ever put in your mouth. So what’s not to like about all that? Make sure you visit — and soon!


Civil Rights Tour of Montgomery, AL

17 Apr

Eileen and boys at “rolling waters” wall.

Prominent figures/moments in the movement are noted here.

This is the entrance to the 20-minute educational film.

That’s Pete Seeger singing in the center of wall.

Kids killed by the KKK in Philadelphia, MS. The film “Mississippi Burning” was based on this incident.

My name appearing on giant screen inside museum. Any visitors who sign a petition to fight injustice in the world will get similar recognition.

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

MLK Jr. preached here from 1954-1960

The cornerstone at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

This is still a working, breathing church

Another look from the front of church

The parsonage where MLK and family lived in the ’50s

Historical marker in front of King’s former residence

Cozy porch swing still looks inviting

Hank Williams’ Montgomery, Alabama

17 Apr

Hank Williams may have made his name is Nashville, but he was a son of Montgomery, AL. Hard living, alcohol and pain pills killed Ole Hank at the tender age of just 29 years old. Yes, 29 years old! Just think of the music he might have produced had he lived a longer life. Needless to say, his catalog of classic country songs is still incredibly impressive.  

“I Saw the Light” was Hank’s biggest gospel hit

Hank’s final resting place at Oakwood Cemetary in Montgomery, AL

Alan Jackson’s B/W video was moving tribute to memory of Hank Williams

Hank is buried alongside his wife, Audrey

Williams recorded a few songs under the moniker of “Luke the Drifter”

Me paying respects to the King of Country

Statue in downtown Montgomery park

A more detailed look at Hank and his guitar

Entering Hank’s museum in downtown Montgomery

Standup of Williams at museum entrance

This marker directs fans to Hank’s gravesite